Liancourt Rocks/Dokdo Islets and its surrounding waters were often frequented by Korean fishermen during the years of the U.S. occupation of Japan and Korea; American occupation authorities had also designated the islets as a bombing range for U.S. forces from 1947-1952.

Selected Research on Dokdo Island--Site Contents:

Liancourt Rocks Bombing Range 1947-1953

The June 1948 Bombing of Dokdo

The Territorial Dispute over Dokdo

US Decisions Regarding Dokdo

Korea Times Article (October 2012)

Background on Dokdo´s Sovereignty:

19th Century Mapping Confusion and Dokdo

Japan´s 1870 Secret Mission Report on Chosun: "Ulleungdo and Dokdo are Chosun territories..."

1905 Taft-Katsura Agreement

Japanese Illegal Aggression Recorded in Chosun Documents

Dokdo and Japanese Naval Records

Documents of the Meiji Era Concerning Ulleungdo and Dokdo.

Dokdo Through the Ages in Maps

The Korean Reaction to the Japanese ´Incorporation´ of Dokdo in 1906

1872 Map by Japanese Cartographer, Uchida Shinsai

1877 Map by Japanese Cartographer, Mori Kinseki

1936 Map by Japanese Imperial Army

US Occupation Authorities Recognized Korea´s involvement with, and dependence on, Dokdo.

A Timeline of U.S. Actions Regarding Dokdo (1945-1954)

Map of Dokdo

"Who Was Nakai Yozaburo?"
An explanation of the circumstances and nature of Imperial Japan´s incorporation of Dokdo in 1905

"Why the Koreans Refuse to Go Before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) with Japan Over the Dokdo Issue"

The Japanese Council of State (Dajokan) Refuted Japanese Control over Dokdo in 1877

The Dokdo Issue in the 1965 Basic Relations Treaty Negotiations

The Korean Government´s refutation of Japanese Views Concerning Dokdo (July 1953)

"Korea´s Recent Claim to the Island of Tsushima,"   from the Office of Intelligence Research, U.S. State Department (1950)

Instructions Issued by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) that concerned Dokdo

"Request for Arrangement of Lands Between Korea and Japan," by the Patriotic Old Men´s Association, Seoul, Korea (August 4, 1948)

Other Webpages Concerning the Bombing of Dokdo:

Website author interviewed for Korean television program, March 2014.

The Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC)´s "News Amni-Omni" June 17, 2005 TV Report on the 1948 Bombing of Dokdo
-download available by subscription to MBC.

Aerial Bombing Ranges on the West Coast of Korea (1946-1948), and a map of the area around Incheon.

Interviews with Two Men Who Survived the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo

U.S. Newspaper Articles on the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo by the U.S. Air Force

United States Army Forces in Korea (USAFIK) Press Releases concerning the 6/8/48 bombing of Dokdo

Korean Press Editorials from both Seoul and Pyongyang on the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo

United States Army Forces in Korea (USAFIK) Intelligence Reports on the Korean Reactions to the 6/8/48 Bombing of Dokdo

The Mission Report that was written up after the 93d Bombardment Group´s bombing of Dokdo

Photographs of the 93d Bombardment Group´s Leaders and Deployment to Okinawa in the Summer of 1948

The US Military Request to Use Dokdo as a Live Bombing Target in June 1951

US Embassy Report: "Koreans on Liancourt Rocks" (1952)

US Embassy Report: "Use of Disputed Territory (Tokto Island) as a Live Bombing Area" (1952)

The Korean-language Translation of Bombing Incident Research

The purpose of this site is to provide a more detailed accounting of the June 8, 1948 bombing incident, and to provide detailed information on the history of the sovereignty of Dokdo Island.   
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"Further Investigation into the June 8, 1948 Bombing of Dokdo Island" has been published in the following scholarly journals:

Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society - Korea Branch, Vol. 78 (2003), pp. 21-33.

International Journal of Korean History, Vol. 4, (August 2003), pp.261-278.

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